Two doors, one wall, Manchester

I had a bit of a mooch around the Northern Quarter the other afternoon, I didn’t have much time and didn’t take many photos, but here are a few which I liked from my mini outing. The blue door is in the patch of land bounded by Oldham Road, Wing Yip and Swann Street, I…

Roadside Abstracts

I was killing a bit of time last night waiting for a friend to arrive for our evening at the Anthony Burgess Foundation for the launch of their new exhibition Rome in the Rain.  I had thought to bring my camera and was very pleased indeed to find a row of hoardings around one of the…

Outdoor adventures in Anglesey.

We visited our good friends Wil and Ann in Anglesey for the weekend and despite a gloomy and drizzly start we were gratefully rewarded by splendid weather.  It was like summer on Sunday which is pretty good for the first day of November. Our first visit was to Parys Mountain in Amlwch, it was the…

Life's a beach in Abadaron on the Llŷn Peninsula.

We had a family jolly to North Wales last week to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday and while we were out and about we visited Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula.  It was the first time any of us had visited this much loved part of the country.  Some good friends have a holiday home here and…

Slow Shutter Cam Photos on iPhone

I love to take photos from the windows of a car.  No, not when I’m driving (although I confess to trying that too, in stationary traffic anyway), but when I’m a passenger and there are some interesting colours going on outside.  It’s easy to experiment with a DSLR as you can manually set all the…

A visit to Lincoln Cathedral

I was in Lincoln last week and managed to fit in a visit to the grand Lincoln Cathedral which wasn’t quite at it’s best as they were hosting a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar and the stage, seating and orchestra were set up in the nave rather spoiling the usually spectacular view.  This was quite a good…

Kentish Corrugations

I have a bit of a thing for nice straight lines.  I also have a bit of a thing about windows, doors and blocks of colour and when all of these things are combined in one handy visual package there’s no way I can resist.  One area where such arrangements are prone to helpfully throw themselves…

Manchester as Film Location.

Manchester is becoming increasingly popular as a film location.  The dramatic town hall has been used for many years as a stand in for the interior of Houses of Parliament.  Not so long ago it had a starring role in The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep (which amusingly crashed a real life Mancunian wedding), Ripper…

Welcome back Manchester Central Library!

I’ve always loved libraries, almost every Saturday when I was little involved going to one library or another with my father to stock up on reading material for both of us.  Both voracious readers we could spend many happy hours browsing, reading and enjoying the peaceful calm which surrounds spaces of many books.  The library…

Small Shops of Morocco

Continuing in a similar vein to my previous post which was about local food shops, I have been re-visiting some pictures which I shot in Morocco of small shops in and around the medinas of various towns we visited.  I found them very hard to work on due to the dark and shadowy interiors which…

Scenic Decay in Havana.

I’ve been looking through some of my less immediately loved photos from Cuba.  There’s always a subconscious hierarchy to a big batch of photos from a trip, there are the ones which you fall in love with at the time, they just look so good on the screen that you instinctively know that they will…

Underground Walking Tours Photos

My Underground Walking Tours photos which I shot way back in freezing cold February have finally gone live and been published!  They’re in two publications, the first is The Guide, the national trade magazine for the Institute of Tourist Guiding and features my pictures of Sue Grimditch of New Manchester Tours in the massive underground…